Job Title:      Health Project Volunteer

Organisation: African Prisons Project (APP)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Health Programme Manager

About US:

African Prisons Project Jobs: The African Prisons Project (APP) is a community of people passionately committed to bringing dignity, hope and justice to men, women and children in African prisons ensuring equitable access to justice, health and education. Our 2020 strategy focuses on developing change makers amongst prison staff and inmates who use the law to bring justice to the most vulnerable in society; to begin assembling world-class law teachers, law makers and practitioners to aid the training and development of our people; and to plan our expansion as we look to establish ourselves as a social enterprise, offering legal education and legal services in Africa and beyond.

About Okimanyi Project:

African Prisons Project Jobs: In response to the health related challenges faced by people in prison communities, APP is implementing the Okimanyi project. This is a health education project targeting children and young adults living and working in Luzira Prison Community. These include prison staff, children of prison staff and prisoners. This project aims to improve health and wellbeing among the children and young adults living and working in the prison community using sports and recreation activities to drive healthy behavioural messages among the target population.

Job Summary: The Health Project Volunteers will support the implementation of the project through the following activities:

  • Health awareness sessions assimilated into outdoor and indoor games like Football, Netball, Basketball and Chess.
  • Recreation and co-curricular activities like Poetry, Debate, Creative Writing, Spelling Bee, Music, Dance and Drama.
  • Drafting and implementation of a Child Protection Policy.

The Volunteers will be required to conduct tutorship, training, coaching and mentorship in at least one of the activities mentioned above. Potential volunteers need to be mindful of the fact that the primary beneficiaries to this project are children and young adults. This means that they should have the capacity and willingness to work with beneficiaries in this age group.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management:

  • Coaching, tutoring and mentoring project beneficiaries and equipping them with skills in a varied range of health education, sporting and co-curricular activities.
  • Assist the project officers in organising, developing, scheduling and delivering a varied range of health education, sporting and recreational activities including but not limited to indoor and outdoor sports events as well as Music, Dance and Drama events.
  • Support the project teams in scheduling tournaments and events in line with different project health education and APP programme themes.
  • Offer technical support in the drafting of a Child Protection Policy that is tailored to the peculiar needs of the children and vulnerable adults in the prison community.

Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting:

  • Ensure timely preparation of weekly and monthly progress updates and reports.
  • Ensure that regular reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) are provided in a timely manner, in line with the organisational and funding requirements.
  • Promote and undertake the documentation of good practices and synthesis of lessons learned, and ensure that these are reflected in improved implementation of project activities.
  • Support the project team in obtaining and documenting success stories, news articles and inputs to newsletters, websites and social media pages.
  • Ensure weekly updates of the project database with data collected from project beneficiaries and activities conducted.
  • Enabling and supporting the appropriate dissemination of accurate results and findings to beneficiaries, partners and policy makers at various levels and in close collaboration with other project staff.
  • Closely monitoring of project implementation by stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries, as well as recreation task force members.
  • Monitoring and reporting any and all developments in areas of operation that have a bearing on the results of the project.
  • Tasked with collecting data and keeping records for monitoring and reporting purposes.

Planning and Implementation:

  • Provide support in drafting of coordinated plans with the teams of various departments including finance and procurement to support the implementation of the project in a timely manner.
  • Preparation of work plans and operation plans for various elements/ components of the project on a monthly and quarterly basis.
  • Monitor progress on regular basis and give timely suggestions for corrective actions.

Coordination with the Partners:  Complying with the Uganda Prisons Service rules and regulations in carrying out their work.

Other: Perform any other duties as reasonably requested by the Health Programme Lead and other project staff.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  

  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Certificate or Bachelors Degree in Sports Science and Management, Music, Dance and Drama, Social Work and Social Administration, Child and Family Studies.
  • Basic First Aid.
  • Sports Coaching/training.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of sports, recreation, library or co-curricular activities.
  • Knowledge/experience in drafting and implementation of Child Protection Policies.
  • Experience working with special needs groups like children, young adults or prisoners.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritise, rank tasks, organise work efficiently and deliver assignments in a timely manner, often under time constraints.
  • Ability to work independently and handle a variety of activities concurrently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive work relationships with a wide range of project beneficiaries, stakeholders and co-workers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and orally, in English.
  • An articulate and confident manner, demonstrating sensitivity and diplomacy in order to maintain good relationships and solicit support for projects.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise tasks, work with minimal supervision and work calmly under pressure.
  • Highly motivated and goal oriented.
  • Proactive and positive approach to work.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters and act with discretion.
  • Ability to adapt skills to the cultural environment in Uganda and in Uganda Prisons Service
  • Flexible approach to the diverse nature of African Prisons Project’s goals and objectives and willingness to adopt more skills related to health, life skills and access to justice.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their updated CVs and covering letters to: This role will be popular and we will only be reviewing applications that send their CV and Covering Letter which are no more 3 pages long. We do not need to see certificates.

Deadline: 30th November 2017

African Prisons Project Jobs – Health Volunteers



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